I attended a mini-workshop over the weekend given by a Prismacolor rep. It was fun. If any of them are given in your area you should attend. My favorite part was learning HOW Prismacolors are made!
We also found out some new things, like Prismacolor is changing the labelling on the pencils themselves and will be putting the number at the end of the pencil again. THANK YOU! The new sets will be arranged chromatically, I can imagine how pretty those are going to be.
Also.. not so good news is that they currently plan on pre-sharpening all of their Prismacolors!! NO WAY!!! The reasoning is that teachers have complained that their students are spending to much time sharpening. My thoughts are .. then pr-esharpend the student grade product, but leave my Artist grade pencils as is! Not to mention a factory pre-sharpened pencil is really not sharpened at all.
I use my own pencil extenders, and I glue my nubs to my new pencils. No waste, no tubs of nubs (rofl) sitting around waiting to have something done with them.....I don't want pre-sharpened pencils!
Sanford is asking for input on their pencil labels and while your at it... give them your thoughts on the pre-sharpening issue too! (they only allow a little over 200 characters in the input box.. so keep it short!)